Earlier in 2019, the US women’s soccer team’s struggle for equal pay put female athlete’s earnings in the spotlight once again. According to Wealthy Gorilla, the world’s richest athlete in 2019 is former professional wrestler Vince McMahon, with an estimated net worth of $2.2 billion. Compare this with the $200 million that the wealthiest woman is worth and it’s clear that the sports world still has a long way to go towards gender equality. So who are the richest female athletes of 2019? Here are some of them. Amounts are in US dollars.
20. Chris Evert
Net worth: $16 millionFor 13 years, Chris Evert won at least one Grand Slam title a year. The diamond bracelet she lost during a match at the 1987 US Open is as famous as the most expensive jewellery every worn to the Oscars and gave us the term “tennis bracelet”. These days Chris owns a tennis academy, is publisher of Tennis magazine, works as a tennis commentator and has her own clothing line. According to Celebrity Net Worth, she has a fortune of $16 million.
19. Ana Ivanovic
Net worth: $16 millionAna Ivanovic became interested in tennis when she was five and watched her countrywoman Monica Seles play on TV. As NATO bombed Yugoslavia during the Kosovo War, she had to schedule her training to avoid the air strikes. She persevered, though, and went on to win the French Open and become the top female tennis player. She has a net worth of $16 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
18. Michelle Kwan
Net worth: $16 millionMichelle Kwan was the figure-skating world champion five times during her career and was one of the most popular competitors in the sport. This brought her many endorsements and TV specials as well as book deals. She’s eve starred as herself in an episode of The Simpsons. According to Celebrity Net Worth, she has amassed a fortune of $16 million.
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17. Lindsay Davenport
Net worth: $20 millionIn the 1990s, Lindsay Davenport won three different Grand Slam titles without losing a set. She was ranked No. 1 in the WTA rankings eight different times and has also been ranked No. 1 in the women’s doubles. Becoming a mentor is one of the best things to do after retirement and Lindsay did just that, becoming Madison Keys’ coach in 2015. Celebrity Net Worth estimates her fortune at $20 million.
16. Monica Seles
Net worth: $20 millionThere are things that are never OK to say to women in the workplace— but Monica Seles experienced something even worse while working: in 1993, she was stabbed on court during a match. She made her comeback two years later but never quite returned to the form that had made her the youngest French Open champion at age 16. She has since written a memoir and has an estimated net worth of $20 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
15. Billie Jean King
Net worth: $20 millionThere’s a good reason why so many of the world’s richest female athletes are tennis players: it’s all thanks to the pioneering advocacy work of Billie Jean King. She founded the WTA, among others, and tirelessly pushed for equal pay and gender equality in the game. The legendary player, who dominated women’s tennis in the 1970s, is also an author and movie producer and has a estimated net worth of $20 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
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